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The #StopFoodCrime THTF team – part two – Scientists

Who’s who in the team? continued…

How are we getting the science right?

by Kate Cooper

In the background of this project are a great unsung group of people, those that know a tad or two about food crime from a professional perspective.

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Food Crime and Integrity in Birmingham

Last night Birmingham Food Council held an event to look at what’s happening in Birmingham following on from the release of The Elliott Report, The report commissioned in response the horse meat scandal.

Professor Chris Elliott, the author of the report joined us to give us an update on the national picture – What has happened since the release of the publication, and Nick Lowe from Birmingham City Council came and gave us a talk on where the council sits – What they are doing to stop food crime and preserve food integrity across the city.

The whole night was live blogged over on the Birmingham Food Council’s website, and you can go there now to get a flavour of the discussions that have taken place.

You can also add your thoughts by joining the #FoodCrime conversation on twitter.


Elliott Review: Workshop outputs

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The Elliott Review was set up by HM Government in response to the horsemeat scandal; they asked the Prof to lead it. A great choice; he’s Director of the Global Food Safety Institute as well as a top-notch molecular bioscientist.

The Prof asked us to help him and his Review team draw a case study of how a major UK city could tackle food crime for inclusion in their final Report.

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#BrumElliott – Reflections on the day from Chris Elliott

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Final thoughts from The Elliott Review in Birmingham from Professor Chris Elliott and Kate Cooper, founder of The New Optimists…

Professor Chris Elliott said the mixture of people at the event in Birmingham today was quite phenomenal. There have been 200 meetings as part of the review – this has been the most interesting, he said, with lots of examples of the complex difficulties faced in addressing the issues concerned with food crime.

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#BrumElliott – Today’s event in pictures

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Elliot Review Birmingham

Elliot Review Birmingham

Elliot Review Birmingham


Chris Elliott of the Elliott Review – why Birmingham can make a difference

Chris Elliot at the New optimists contribution to his review of food crime in the uk

Chris Elliot at the New optimists contribution to his review of food crime in the uk

 

“I’ve had 200 meetings so far – this has been the most interesting.”  was what Professor Chris Elliot told the room at the end of today’s New Optimist session on the Elliot Review.  We’d spent the day talking about how a major city can tackle food crime.

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#BrumElliott session 3 – Birmingham, the eyes and ears for the UK?

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What resources are needed to make change happen? What changes in the way we work together would need to take place?

Education – first, an acceptance has to be made that there is a problem. The food industry needs to link issues of food crime with the health and wellbeing agenda. Education in schools is key. Jamie Oliver tried to fix school meals and met huge blocks to making progress. Progress has been made, but it has been a huge effort.

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Session 3: What we want and what we need

zoomSo how do we tackle the problem of food crime and food standards? In an ideal world there would be a basket of measures. But here’s a few things we need to know before we take our ideas along to the checkout.

We’d need to share best practice so we’d need to be able to communicate it far, far better.

We’d need to be aware that there is a powerful food lobby that would be resistant to change.

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Kabir Ahmed – Birmingham Restauranteur – we need to make people aware that with cheap food quality suffers.

Kabir thinks it’s very clear that where food is cheap there is a chance that the ingredients are sub-standard.  As a restauranteur in Birmingham he thinks it’s time to widen the conversation about what food ought to cost – not and easy thing to do though — especially for those who live food deserts.

 


Madeleine Smith: why food investigation has to be different

In this interview, Madeleine Smith talks about the changes that are needed in food investigation. Food supplies today come from across Britain, indeed from across the world. And so local authority-led food testing isn’t adequate. In addition, today’s EHOs are trained to test for the safety of food, not deal with organised crime.

Madeleine is a Teaching Fellow in Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham; i.e. she’s a key person in the training of tomorrow’s environmental health officers.


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